Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis told Autosport Windtunnel switch will affect 2014 Ferrari F1 car development.
The second half of the last season Ferrari struggled from correlating wind tunnel data, they managed to get over problem to achieve second place of constructors’ championship though.
“Any change of windtunnel has got some associated risks, so yes you are right. Tombazis told Autosport.
“Ideally, we would already have that completed and we would be working at home with an upgraded windtunnel in which we have complete confidence.
“It is not an ideal solution but, on balance, the decision we took to carry out that process was something that, if we had delayed, would just postpone the problem until later.
“So we thought it was paramount to do it as soon as possible. The sooner [it was done] the better and we decided to do it notwithstanding the fact that there is the 2013/2014 pressure.”
“We have made no secret of the fact that we are doing a fairly important upgrade, that’s obviously putting a lot of stuff on our plate but we feel that it is something that we cannot delay. Tombazis added.
“Therefore, we have this added pressure that we have to keep on top of that and we have to use an external windtunnel while we carry out this major upgrade. It’s important because our windtunnel technology has been below the high standard of some of our competitors and this work is going to bring us to that level.”